Frequently Asked Questions
When planning for a Memorial Service, your Wedding Day or other special occasion, we’re sure you will have questions to ensure these events are special.
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My fiancé and I are currently planning our wedding, and we are very interested in a dove release. Could you please explain to me what is involved?
Start by calling or filling out our Contact form. A dove release at a wedding is very special, but it does take some planning. The Pastor can help!
How much does a dove release cost?
There are many expenses from the initial purchase of the birds, the loft, upkeep such as food and medicines and vaccines, training, replacement baskets, display cages, advertising – and the list goes on. You are hiring a professional company with quality care for our doves and your event, not someone who is doing this as a hobby. For a full list of our services and fees, please visit our Services page.
I am writing my own vows and we are having a dove release. Where can I find some poems or reading or information about white doves to give me ideas?
We recommend searching online.
Where do the doves go when released?
Our white doves are highly trained athletes and they return to their home loft.
How do Release Doves know where home is?
Nobody really knows. But a well-trained dove can navigate 100s of miles to find their way home. There are documented flights of over 1000 miles. But most white dove release businesses stay within about 50 to 100 miles from home.
When will the birds be released?
When released timing and location is entirely up to you! There can be a lot of creativity in the release of the doves. Discuss this with the person doing the release so we can plan your event perfectly. For funerals, the release usually takes place after the committal and before the benediction at the end of the graveside service. For weddings, the release typically takes place outdoors at the pronouncement or on the steps of the church or venue after the wedding
ceremony. We never release birds close to sunset or after dark. They must have time to fly home before dark so plan your ceremony to START about 1 to 2 hours before sunset, depending on the location of your ceremony and the home loft.
Professional Standards of The Pastor’s Doves
Rules of Release
- We release only well trained, well cared for WHITE RELEASE DOVES. These are also known as Rock Doves or Columba livia. Under no circumstance are other types of doves ever released.
- We only release doves home during daylight hours.
- We never release birds if the conditions become unsafe due to weather or unforeseen circumstances.
- We will not release birds beyond a range that they are able to safely fly home.
- We use only well trained birds for releases.
- While birds are being held for display, we assure that they are in baskets that are large enough to be comfortable and safe. The baskets or cages will be kept in safe areas, not too hot or too cold.
- We never ship birds for self release.
Standards of Care
- Our lofts are not over crowded or unsanitary.
- Our birds are kept in excellent health with the best feed, vitamins, and minerals. All of our birds are current on their vaccinations.
- Our birds are always well fed and provided with fresh water at all times.
Code of Conduct
- We will arrive on time for our engagements, and we will be dressed professionally.
- All displays and releases will be professional.
- If a release has to be cancelled due to weather or other circumstances that are not caused by the customer, monies and deposits will be returned in a fair way. Ask us about our particular policy.